Today it’s been made official. The HTC HD2 is now the first Windows Phone with HTC Sense and it’ll be launching in Europe and Taiwan very soon. Peter Chou (CEO of HTC) and Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft) were present in Taiwan to announce the phone. Steve stated that…
“The HTC HD2 shows what’s possible through our close partnership with HTC and it breaks new ground for Windows phones by delivering a beautiful multi-touch screen that people will love.”
You can read the full press release below. We’ve got a couple of videos showing the HD2 in action too. They’re currently processing over at YouTube so we’ll give you the nudge when they’re ready. Don’t forget to get your questions in about this fantastic device, and follow us on Twitter.
Link – HTC HD2 Press Release
COMING TO THE US IN EARLY 2010
HD2 demonstrates the tight integration between Microsoft and HTC
TAOYUAN, Taiwan –
November 4, 2009 – Today, HTC Corporation chief executive
officer, Peter Chou, joined Microsoft Corp. chief executive officer,
Steve Ballmer and Harvey Chang, chief executive officer of Taiwan
Mobile to announce the availability of the highly anticipated HD2 in
Europe and Taiwan. HTC and Microsoft also announced that the HD2 would
be available in the United States with a major US carrier in early 2010.
“The HD2’s amazing customer experience is a testament to the close
partnership between HTC and Microsoft and we’re excited to be bringing
the HD2 to Taiwan and the United States,” said Chou. “The HD2 is the
first Windows® phone with HTC SenseTM, an HTC user experience focused
on making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling
people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way.”
“Working with HTC, we’ve delivered great phones that help customers
connect to the people and information they care about, wherever they
are,” said Ballmer. “The HTC HD2 shows what’s possible through our
close partnership with HTC and it breaks new ground for Windows phones
by delivering a beautiful multi-touch screen that people will love.”
The HD2 is the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer
experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their
phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its
industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display,
the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper,
brighter and richer way.
The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to
make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files,
PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers.
The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate
typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcomm’s new 1Ghz
Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance
that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.
Developed with a passion for enhancing people’s lives through
innovation, design and ease of use, HTC Sense is rooted in three
fundamental principles of Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the
Make It Mine
The HD2 continues HTC’s drive for personalization by reflecting not
only what you want on your phone, but also where you are. Using its
large 4.3-inch window-like display, HTC has brought a new dimension to
weather with a localized, animated weather experience that utilizes
HD2’s entire display without being invasive to your important content
and information. The HD2 can also be further enhanced to reflect your
needs and style by downloading a wealth of applications at the new
Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
The HD2 helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in
your life with HTC’s people-centric communication approach that
provides a single contact view that displays individual communication
snapshots of your conversations with the people in your life regardless
of whether a call, text, Facebook status update or email were used.
While in the midst of email exchange with someone you can easily
transition to a call by pressing the call button. HTC has also included
a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, HTC Peep. The
pictures you take with the 5MP camera can also be quickly shared via
Facebook or Twitter.
Discover the Unexpected
With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of
enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. The
HD2 includes a variety of sensors including a proximity sensor that is
used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to
answer or make a call. A light sensor automatically adjusts the
brightness of the display. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity,
the HTC HD2 also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or
Also available for the HTC HD2 is the optional car kit that
automatically transforms HD2’s user interface into a finger friendly
in-car navigation experience for driving.
As a new Windows phone, the HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging,
browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile 6.5.
Offering a best in class e-mail experience complete with the ability to
synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, you have the ability to check and
manage multiple email accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service
enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts
and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.
Already shipping in Europe, the HTC HD2 is available around the middle
of November with Taiwan Mobile and will be available throughout Asia in
the coming month. The HD2 will be available with a major carrier in the
US in early 2010.